Fredrick, to answer your question, I have really only been involved in Linux for a couple of years. I decided to get the certification in order to support my position that I am able to by a linux administrator at least at the junior level. Also, it shows my commitment to it all. I actually studying a total of 2 months for the exam. I used LinuxAcademy obviously which was instrumental. I also used the Pearson Vue Linux+ 103/104 book. I dedicated a month to the videos and a month to the book. I broke both down by hours and chapters. I studied 8 hours every Saturday and then 3 hours a night M-F. I took off on Sunday and enjoyed my time with family and friends.
I am now moving on to the RHCSA Video course. Wish me luck!
Thanks Matthew. The 101 and 102 exams are still around? I thought they expired. Hmmm...shows what I know...lol. There are some new concepts such as systemd, lvm, and targets. If there is anyone out there who would like to put together a virtual meetup study group, let me know to prepare for the RHCSA, contact me at email@example.com. We can use LinuxAcademy of course and meet to go over what we learned for that week to reinforce what we are learning. We don't have to live in the same place. Good to all who are preparing to take exams!
I don't sit down for 8 hours straight. I use the pomodoro technique and I take 10 minute breaks every 25 minutes. But yes, it does total 8 hours for this day. I make a commitment of 23 hours per week. I have to increase my time on Saturday as I work during the week and only commit 2 to 3 hours during the week. Putting in the time is a requirement and you have to just get in there and get it done and think about the finish line.
Somethings I can recommend for studying beyond LinuxAcademy would be dedication, which is a must because spending hours and hours studying and be a lonely experience, but you must keep that finish line in sight at all times and never let anyone tell you that you spend too much time studying. I can tell you that it pays off. Last week, I was offered a position as a Linux Administrator with a large company. The technical interview, I mashed. I would not have been offered this role without having received my certifications. This company I am going to work for provides paid FastTrack Training for the RHCSA and RHCE. Not only do I get to use LinuxAcademy, but I get additional training and it's paid for. The company is committed to training it's employees. I am very luck. The Michael Jang 7th edition RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Guide, along with the Sander Van Vugt book will be useful for the Linux+ as well as the RHCSA. I also am using index cards and a poster board to track objectives and check them off as I go. Good luck to everyone. Happy Studying!
Firstly, very well done to Taz on his fantastic achievement. I think his idea of a study group would be awesome and I would love to join one for the LPIC1.
In answer to Frederick's question, and I am only doing this because he sounds like someone with no Linux experience and a bit worried. I am an IT Tech of 12 years but I have absolutely no Linux experience whatsoever. I joined LA in March and started with the Linux Essentials, as introduction to Linux, which I passed at the end of May. I am just about to finish the coursework for the LPIC1-1 (not sure if it is 101 or 103) & I plan to take my exam very shortly.
I work during the day and study 3 hours every evening after work. I find that because virtually everything is new to me that I take very detailed notes and I follow along with the examples using either the lab servers, VirtualBox machines or my RPi Linux installs. I generally takes me about 3x times the video length to get through some of the more complicated concepts i.e. a one hour video might take me three hours to get through. However, it does vary. I usually take a break at the weekends but that isn't as nice as it sounds as I am currently going through the SQL Primer course & a BASH scripting course too but, as you can imagine, the weekends are a lot less full on as i too have family commitments.
Using this schedule, I get through 28-30 hours of video in a month & then I spend three weeks to a month revising what I have learned, going through the examples again, learning popular options/flags and it is at this time that I go through the exercises and the quizzes at the end of each section. I use those as part of my revision.
I was very scared of booking my Essentials exam so I let that slip a bit but I am going to book my LPIC1-103 exam for the end of July, I'm being very strict with myself going forward. I find that this works for me but of course you have to find something that works for you. I do not use any other training materials apart from LA & I passed my Essentials easily. I have never worked on a production Linux machine in my life, everything I know about Linux I have learned from LA & I am actually looking forward to my LPIC exams.
So I would suggest that you do not worry, go through the videos, they are all you need, and enjoy it. I don't actually think that you can go wrong with the LA content.